The Stranger Myself: Poetics of Identity (Paperback)

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"Real Boys" concoct their identities in the mirrors of war, most often some particular war. Mine was World War II, but any war will do. The language of war empowers imagination and shapes the way we take on the world. It feels dangerous out there. The stranger is our enemy. We learn the art of war from playground skirmishes, and nowadays, the superheroes of television and video games. Our shared tattoo reads "Born to Fight." Any test becomes a battle, even our futile attempts to escape what we have become. So it is - from the shadows of war - the following poems decamp.

About the Author

Ran has been, at one time or other, a poet, a coach to corporate misfits, a rural family therapist and counselor to violent boys, a college professor, co-founder of Sonomama Improvisation Dance Theater, an Aikido student and teacher, an oil field roustabout, a carpenter, a student in Japan for three years, a Harvard maverick for eleven years, a Montana football player, an Oklahoma ruffian, a southern Illinois runaway, and the child of a northward-migrating, oil-chasing, quarter Indian Okie father, and a mixed-race, Taoist mother who, like Will Rogers never met a man she didn't like, including him. After all this, there are few strangers.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781484849156
ISBN-10: 1484849159
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: July 23rd, 2013
Pages: 94
Language: English